I bought a 2005 Honda Element from a private seller recently in San Diego. It was advertised as a four-wheel drive single owner no accidents with 55,000 miles. I guess it did seem too good to be true. I don't mean to play this card but I'm just single mom who doesn't know too much about cars and had always dreamed of owning an Element. Turns out the car is front-wheel drive and has 181,600 miles on it, had five owners and have been in a minor accident. The dude who sold me that car has disappeared into thin air. He lied straight to my face. The odometer reads 55,000 miles and now that I look more closely, I can see that he erased the last number of the odometer reading on the title. He even produced a manufactured Carfax report insisting that I didn't need to buy my own. I'm so embarrassed. I guess I'm just looking for some kind of support from a group like this with other Element enthusiast's to let me know that if the car was regularly maintained and I'm willing to take care of it I might get at least another 100K out of it. Someone wiser than me said to me recently you either pay with experience or money. I guess I feel like in this case I paid big & learned a lot. Sucks to say this but I guess you can't trust anyone.